BitTorrent’s new P2P chat app is dubbed Beep, and Windows users can now line up to become part of an invite-only test. Read more »
You won’t need a Google+ profile anymore to use Google’s Hangouts video chat, thanks to new updates that aim to make the video conferencing platform more appealing to businesses. Read more »
AT&T has become the third major U.S. ISP to get money for peering with Netflix. Read more »
A new generation of hip-hop artists has been on the forefront of online music innovation, and an upcoming documentary is trying to shed a light on the intersection of hip-hop and technology. Read more »
Apple TV got a few more apps Tuesday, including a CNBC app that offers access to a live stream of the business news network as well as full episodes and clips. Viewers who want to watch CNBC live, or catch up on full shows, do need to sign in with their pay TV account information, which is also true for the newly-added Fox Now app that offers pay TV subscribers access to full episodes of shows like Glee and New Girl. Also added this week: TV 2 Sumo, which is only available in Norway, as well as the LatAm-exclusive subscription sports app Esporte Interativo.
How do streaming services with millions of tracks impact live events? And what about folks that don’t have time for concerts, but still love live music? LiveNation has its very own startup to find answers. Read more »
Spotify competitor Rhapsody is growing its subscription numbers in part due to a new service that’s more like Pandora. So what does that mean for the future of Rhapsody? Read more »
Netflix will launch in Germany and five other European countries this September, and local broadcasters are scrambling to compete. Read more »
Apple is buying the iOS podcast app Swell for $30 million, according to a Recode report. The transaction, which hasn’t been confirmed by either Apple or the Swell team, looks like a talent acquisition, as the app is reportedly being shut down later this week. Swell is one of a number of apps that puts a new spin on podcasts by streaming shows directly to mobile phones and using content recommendations for better discovery.
What if your Chromecast suddenly started to rickroll you? It’s possible due to a vulnerability that’s based on its easy setup process. Read more »
YouTube is launching a music subscription service later this year — and around a dozen domain name registrations suggest that it could be called MusicKey. Read more »
Movile’s PlayKids app has found a niche for toddler-to-preschool kids’ content. Now, it has revamped its app and added even more shows. Read more »
Netflix hasn’t said in a while how many subscribers it has in each of its international markets, but a new report estimates that there are 4.5 million subscribers in the U.K. alone. Read more »
A year after launch, Chromecast streaming sticks have been used 400 million times to cast media to TVs. But the bigger story is that Chromecast is starting to change our concept of a TV itself. Read more »
Otter Media, the adorably named joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group, is about to buy a majority stake in Fullscreen, according to a Recode report. The deal would value Fullscreen between $200 and $300 million, according to Recode. Fullscreen is a one of a number of so-called multichannel networks on YouTube, and clocks more than 3.5 billion views every month across its channels. The company’s YouTube talent includes Grace Helbig, Shane Dawson, the Fine Brothers and Michael Buckley.
Radionomy has relaunched Shoutcast and is now offering free hosted broadcasting with ad monetization. Read more »
Video curation startup Frequency added Chromecast support to its Android app this week, making it possible for Frequency users to cast any of the app’s curated channels of online video sources to the TV screen. Frequency’s app offers more than 4000 channels from sources including popular YouTube creators as well as media outlets like CNN, the York Times and BBC News. The company has also struck partnerships with TV manufacturers, and most recently launched a SDK for pay TV operators.
Spotify has teamed up with MTV to bring music to MTV’s apps and sites. The partnership could help to drive new sign-ups for the service. Read more »
Netflix may have raised the price for new members, but it’s still growing its subscriber base, and sees big gains abroad. Read more »
Gmail has had a labs section to test new features for years. Now your cable box is getting one as well. Read more »
Beamly has been building social TV apps for mobile devices for years. Now, the company is working on its first TV app. Read more »
Google wants WebP to become the internet’s next dominant image file format. That’s not likely going to happen anytime soon — but WebP could still have a huge impact. Read more »
Select Netflix members are getting a chance to hide viewing of embarrassing titles from logs, recommendations and Facebook friends. Read more »
Spotify’s Daniel Ek wants to turn VKontakte’s users into paying customers, but he won’t get any help from his former Euro VP Chris Maples, who just left the company. Read more »
One of Google’s most senior executives is leaving the company for a job at Softbank. Read more »
The Firefox-OS powered streaming stick will be shipping later this year, according to Mozilla. Read more »
DirecTV will sell you NFL Sunday Ticket streams even if you don’t have their satellite TV service — but only if you live in an apartment. Read more »
iPhone and iPad users can now cast directly from the Chrome browser on their mobile devices — if they can find a website supporting it, that is. Read more »
Sling is back with a new box, and one that got a new name, along with a few internal updates. Read more »
Google’s Chromecast website is now listing more than 400 apps and counting that are capable of casting content to the TV screen. Read more »
A Better Tomorrrow, Shaolin and Kung Fu Dunk are some of the movies now available on DramaFever, which also plans to launch a dedicated site for documentaries later this year. Read more »
San Francisco-based IoT startup Aether Things is delaying the shipping date of its Cone connected loudspeaker. The Cone, which is supposed to learn from your listening habits and automatically mix music based on past preferences, was scheduled to ship by July 15. On Monday, the company informed prospective buyers via email that it won’t meet that deadline: “We’ve come across some delays in finalizing Cone, which means we are unfortunately postponing the ship date. We’re very sorry to have to extend the wait,” the email reads, without providing an estimate for a new shipping date.
BitTorrent is looking to hire folks for a new BitTorrent TV product that could finally make use of its live streaming technology. Read more »
Even streams of the Netflix kids show Turbo Fast are very slow for Verizon FIOS customers: The ISP continues to decline in Netflix’s monthly speed index. Read more »
Osmo combines real-world play with the iPad, and I was blown away when I saw a demo in May. This week, I had a chance to take it to the test. Read more »
Yahoo just made another online video purchase, acquiring the streaming video tech company RayV. Read more »
News that Chromecast now officially supports Android screen mirroring got a lot of people very excited this week — followed by disappointment by some who had to find out that their Android device isn’t officially supported yet. An unofficial, experimental hack just published on the XDA Developers Forum brings the functionality, which lets users beam anything happening on their phone or tablet screen to their Chromecast-equipped TV, to plenty of additional devices, including the Moto G, Moto X and the first-generation Nexus 7. However, devices have to be rooted in order to get this to work — and with anything of this nature, it’s not for the faint of heart.
SoundCloud is reportedly negotiating with major labels, offering them an equity stake and per-play fees in exchange for being able to use their music. This means the service is about to copy YouTube’s licensing strategy. Read more »
How live is live? That’s a question that soccer fans have been asking themselves when confronted with significantly-delayed World Cup streams. Read more »